Tuesday, 24 February 2009
The Material Boy #232
Pierre Hardy Spring Summer 2009 Mens Shoes And Bags
Pierre Hardy is one formidable design force in men's and women's shoes (especially female styles!). I cannot vouch for his bag designing skills, but his shoes are definitely something to drool after.
This season, although he has mainly reworked his classic shoe styles, the use of fresh colours and materials injects a new lease of life to the range. Pale and navy blue suede, silver and white leather trims all make for a spot-on colour tone for summer season.
My favourite out of this lot is the supremely interesting semi-high cut suede sandal/chukka boots. Hybrid shoes are my cup of tea. Nice buckle detail and interesting strappy design upon cut out the relevant portions. Like a cage for the feet. The high cut design is also perfect to hide those slim ankles and yet have some openings to cool off the feet.
Another nice pair that I love is the white leather lace-ups with laces running thru to the back of the shoe with gold eyelet openings. Elegant with nice visual interest, worn with or without socks.
As for the bags, the very limited designs is a recurring style and it has proven to be somewhat impractical (still on 50% sale and available at www.brownsfashion.com) and cumbersome (it's like carry a leather takeaway lunch box, as in McDonald's delivery man), the navy version with white trimming has a very nice nautical feel and looks handsome. But I highly doubt I will get the bag, it's a nice idea but just do not look good on a real person.
Pierre Hardy...I think I will stick to his shoe designs.